For us, simply making trenches of our sofas was not enough. More than 40 writers and visual artists have come together to present to you, each day, a chapter of what will become a great document of these times of social isolation.
We are 46 writers and 46 visual artists (and now 46 translators!) who have decided to unite in a common cultural resistance project: a collective serial novel, with a strange name, resulting from numerous heads, more hands, and even more fingers…
Every day: one chapter, by a different writer, punctually, at 12 pm. A kind of collective exhibition, in which each visual artist, in turn, occupies the front cover of the page. In spite of the current apocalypse, we want to demonstrate that we’re still here, in contact with the public. We work without a safety net, with no time for editing, revision, reflection… We may lose our balance, but we renew our grip on the bar, like tightrope walkers on a wire. For now, we wish to offer an escape into inspiration. And one day, as soon as this pandemic is over, go back to inspiring freely. When the world reopens, we will be here to receive you with open arms.
Escape Goat is the twin page of Bode Inspiratório.
Bode Inspiratório is the original project, written in Portuguese, and it’s also being translated into Spanish, by Àlex Tarradellas, French, by Joana Cabral, revised by Françoise Bourchenin, Dutch, by Jos Van Den Hoogen, Italian, by Francesca Felici and Giacomo Falconi, and now German, translation by Rita Fernandes Martins, revision by Carla Batuca-Branco and Anja Tettenborn.
Ana Margarida de Carvalho is the mentor of this project. She was born in Lisbon, where she graduated in law and worked as a journalist for 25 years. Her first novel Que Importa a Fúria do Mar (Teorema) was praised by critics, shortlisted for a number of prizes and awarded the Grande Prémio de Romance e Novela APE/DGLAB in 2013. Her second novel, Não Se Pode Morar nos Olhos de um Gato (Teorema) was selected as book of the year by the SPA (Portuguese Society of Authors), shortlisted for the Prémio Oceanos, awarded the Prémio Literário Manuel de Boaventura and, again, the Grande Prémio de Romance e Novela APE/DGLAB in 2016, making her one of the few authors to be twice distinguished with this award. Pequenos Delírios Domésticos (short stories, Relógio d’Água, 2017) received the Prémio de Conto Camilo Castelo Branco / APE. O Gesto Que Fazemos Para Proteger a Cabeça (Relógio d’Água, 2019) is her latest novel.
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